Our brain is the most complex matter in the known universe. The most powerful computers don’t come close to competing with it.
But when that much energy is consumed, there is going to be waste. Each day, waste products build up throughout our body, including our brain.
By the end of the day, your brain is dirty. Just from being busy all day
And this is where the importance of sleep comes in …
Mess Up Sleep and You Can Mess Up Your Brain
We now know that these 3 things have a positive impact on cleaning our brains:
- Regular exercise
- Maintaining healthy blood pressure
- A diet rich in vegetables, healthy fats, and antioxidants.
But the most important thing may be sleep!
In the United States, 30% of adults and 66% of adolescents are regularly sleep deprived.
This negatively affects learning, memory
Adults need 7-8 hours of sleep for optimal brain health and adolescents need 10 hours.
Sleep deprivation and can cause serious brain (and bodily) harm … click to see this quick video from TED-Ed about this problem.
Your Secret Weapon — The Glymphatic System!
This graphic shows the process (source):
Because this super important system is much more active when we sleep, we certainly don’t want to shortchange the process!
Go Deeper — Sleep Your Way to a Better Brain
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